Nationwide astronomy teacher training at HdA

Funded by the WE Heraeus Foundation

November 07, 2013

More than 60 teachers are converging on the HdA today for a nationwide astronomy teacher training, funded by the WE Heraeus Foundation.

From November 7 to 9, the teachers will not only attend lectures (by Eva Grebel, Wolfgang Brandner, and Harald Lesch, among others) on different topics in the realm of astronomy and planetary sciences. They also participate in an ideas fair where teachers share their resources and concepts for bringing astronomy alive in the classroom, and in workshops on topics as diverse as exoplanets, infrared astronomy and remote observing.

In addition, there are guided tours of astronomical institutes on the Königstuhl mountain, a planetarium presentation in the HdA's Klaus Tschira Auditorium, and, weather permitting, astronomical observations.

The meeting is financed by the Wilhelm und Else Heraeus Foundation, and is the first of what is envisioned as a series of yearly events. The Wilhelm und Else Heraeus Foundation, founded in 1963, is a non-profit foundation that supports research and training in the sciences. It is said to be a key player among private foundations supporting physics in Germany.


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